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Mine Ore Bin and Tipple

  • On30 Ore bin and tipple. The completed model.
  • On30 ore bin. Working ore gates and lifting chutes, controlled by chains and rods from below the baseboard.
This shot is just the lower part of the bin without the tipple.
  • On30 ore bin. The tipple roof is KHM's corrugated aluminium sheet included with the kit. (weathered with etching solution in this finished model)
  • On30 ore bin: the completed kit from the rear.
  • On30 ore bin: there is provision for an extra track under the bin - for space saving on your railroad
  • On30 ore bin: with stair kit fitted (order stairway kit separately)
This proto shot shows the framing only - all treads and handrails are included to finish.
  • On30 ore bin. rear 3/4 view without the tipple
  • The tipple house frame is a separate assembly.
  • On30 ore bin: one of the sluice gate and chute assemblies
  • On30 ore bin: chute testing during kit development.
  • On30 ore bin: Large capacity bin with internal guides.
  • The roof assembly can come off completely so the working tipple mechanism can be added later.
  • On30 Ore bin tipple: a view inside the house. The working tipple mechanism upgrade will keep the road clear to allow through traffic of mineral cars and small locos. Some nail holes thrown in for good measure on the boarding.
  • Working ore bin on my Silver Creek layout. This was the original model built back in 2003.
  • UK modeller Les Danks built and installed the ore bin into his layout.
Operation in a small space.
  • US modeller Travis Glass combined the ore bin with Broach Supplies to make a convincing ore transfer operation.
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Product Description

Ore tipple and 2 sluice Ore bin kit

1/48th scale  This kit can be built as working model.

Bring a new level of operation to your mining railroad!

This dual pocket, 2 sluice ore bin is designed to evenly fill Bachmann 2 bay hoppers. The ore gates operate and the chutes can be lifted up out of the way of locos. operation is by push/pull rod from below the railroad baseboard. Designed to use "HO scale ballast" size material.

Kit features:-

* Laser-cut microply, poplar ply, and laser-cut basswood strip.

* all rod and chain included in the kit.

* Corrugated aluminium roofing. (looks great when etched and weathered)

* assembly jigs to aid alignment.

* kit is built up from parts packed into sub-assemblies for easy construction. glue assembly only.

* comprehensive instructions with over 150 photos, step by step methodical assembly.

You don't have to be an experienced modeller to get a great result!


INSTRUCTIONS!  The kit instructions will be mailed to you at time of shipping free of charge. If you wish to have a look before deciding to purchase, then please send a message on the contact page and I'll be happy to send them. electrons are free!  The option for printed instructions is no longer available. Its a 20page document full of many photos, it eats ink, takes shipping into the next charge bracket, and very few folk have requested printed ones. (Sensible fellows!)

The stair kit has now been changed so that it can make up a stairway for the ore bin. (order the stair kit separately).



Footprint of prototype for planning purposes. Can also fit track in between supports as shown.

The model is shorter now so that multiple ore bins line up with a train of Bachman 2 bay hoppers.

Height of ore tipple track = 9" above base level. total height is 12.5" tall.



UK modeller Les Danks built and installed his kit into his layout with a manual ore tramway. Small space operation - great job.



Below: US modeller Travis Glass used the ore bin together with Broach Supplies freight depot for a comprehensive ore transfer operation in a compact space. Lots of details bring the area to life.


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  1. A lovely model 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Apr 2019

    My wife bought me this kit for Christmas 2017 and after a long time looking at it, and fearful of getting the moving parts right, I finally got started. It actually turned out to be much easier to put together than I had expected. I customized the model by adding more bracing and nuts, bolts and washers at the timber joints.

    Building this kit started the building of coaling tower, based on the D&RGW job at Gunnison, CO, which, although scratch built, utilized the gates and ladders sold by Kitwood Hill. I then constructed a large trestle to support the narrow gauge (12mm) tramway which services the tipple.

    Happy days! Thank you Simon

  2. A stunning kit to build. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Apr 2019

    I have been building this kit recently, and have throughly enjoyed the whole process. What stuck me is the precision fit and accuracy of the individual pieces. Not much extra work is needed to make pieces fit, though being precise in your own glueing and squaring up of pieces is the challenge for the builder. The timber is nice to stain and weather. The degree of difficulty for building is medium, and keeps you interested at each step of the construction process. The instructions are clear and well illustrated. The result, is a stunning and interesting structure, with the fun of moving parts. Simon is to be congratulated and appreciated for a top quality kit. Hats of to him.